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Humanity Press
Humanity Press
April 8 1997

Yesterday morning, the police were released to a local cult "Tabitha's Place" located in the Pyrenees. This intervention was launched after the death of a baby on Thursday. This group is considered very obscure in -style. The parents were investigated over the weekend by the prosecutor where he discovered the child was -suffering from malnutrition and non-assistance in endangering a child. Yesterday about 40 police officers, 12 doctors, interpreters and prosecutor surrounded the castle where the commune had settled. The. police verified the medical condition of 70 to 80 children in the group; totaling 200 people. The prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno announced yesterday that there was no evidence of child abuse. No immediate action will be taken against the commune, The investigation of little Raphael is not yet abandoned and many members of the commune will be questioned by the judge Thierry Pons. We have found with the death certificate of the child, documents concerning the commune sanctioned for bodily punishments. "We assumed there was foul play and this is why we're here today." Raphael, 19 months old, only weighed 10 pounds and suffered an abnormal heart condition, which was never operated on. The cult refuses any form of medical treatment. Children in a Vermont cult do not attend school and are not allowed to play -with toys They are considered by the adults as a means to attain the "power of God." The group is self -sustaining preaching the bible and selling fruits and vegetables at a local market, They have many interve

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